Leonardo da Vinci is always big news, and after the epochal show at the National Gallery in London (featuring the newly-restored Virgin of the Rocks), the Louvre in Paris is running a show called "The Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci's Ultimate Masterpiece." Salvatore Ferragamo is the sole sponsor of the exhibition, and so their guests had an exclusive preview of the exhibition, accompanied by Henri Loyrette, president of the Louvre.
The show's highlight is of course the St. Anne, which has just been restored by Italian restorer Cinzia Pasquali, under the supervision of exhibition curator Vincent Delieuvin.
Guests at the evening included Hilary Swank (in the photo above, with Massimiliano Giornetti), Carole Bouquet, Virginie Ledoyen, Elisa Sednaoui and Dolores Chaplin. Ferragamo created an "Italian"-type event, with roses, anenomes and tulips in shades of red, with Italian food at dinner.
The Leonardo da Vinci painting's title is "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne," and it was painted from 1501 to 1519, the year in which the artist died (when it was still unfinished). The show includes some compositional sketches, preparatory drawings, landscape studies, and the cartoon from the National Gallery (showing that the two galleries are cooperating in this "Battle of Leonardos"!) It focuses on the complex composition which, like other Leonardo works, became a style-setter in its day. The movement in the pyramidal composition with grandmother, mother, Son and lamb is paralleled by the magical gazes that interlink the four principal characters in the painting.
The show runs from 29 March 2012 to 25 June 2012. It is in the Napoleon Hall, beneath the Pyramid. Admission €11 (just the show) or €14 (show plus permanent collection). Open every day except Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., remaining open until 9.45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Info +33 (0)1 4020 5317.